Plenty Essay

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Kellett is a professional writer with a specialty in drama. The following essay explores the theme of ambiguity in David Hare's Plenty.

The extent to which readers are able to understand or discern an author's intended meaning is often a topic of literary debate. Some authors refuse to discuss the meaning of their works and thus it is not possible to know for certain whether critical interpretations of their writings are accurate. Doris Sommer's article "Resisting the Heat: Mench, Morrison, and Incompetent Readers" in Cultures of United States Imperialism, expanded this debate even further. Sommer argued that readers may not necessarily be capable of accurately interpreting a work's meaning because "some books resist the competent reader."

Sommer noted that writers like Guatemala's Rigoberta Mench and the United States's Toni Morrison may intentionally prevent readers from pinning down an author's meaning. Sommer's article raises the point that authors go...

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